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HIST 202 Notes (1865-1876)

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HIST 202 Notes (1865-1876) HIST 202-01

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Topics Covered: Cotton Monoculture/Slavery, Civil War and Emancipation, and Reconstruction
United States History Since 1865
Sarah Bridger
United States History, civil war, slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction, jefferson, Freedman's Bureau, Lincoln, Johnson, 14th Amendment, 15th Amendment
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Date Created: 02/03/16
Cotton Monoculture/Slavery  Writers of the constitution thought slavery would wither away because slavery was mainly used to produce tobacco (not a stable crop) o Had no idea cotton would take of  Invention of cotton gin changes everything o Cultivation is much easier o Production through slavery increases especially in the south  Expansion of cotton=expansion of slavery  1793: 5 million lbs. of cotton produced  1820: 170 million lbs. of cotton produced  1790: slave population=697,624  1820: slave population=1,538,022  1840: slave population=2,487,355  1860: slave population=3,953,760  Cotton mills also popped up in the North (N/S interdependent)  Paternalism o Slave owners being responsible for the slaves o Father/child relationship o Deliberately creating dependence o Hypocritical rules o Preventing slaves from contact with others  Fear of rebellion o Restrictions of slave families (marriage)  “Positive good” (written by George Fitzhugh) o slavery is not flawed, it was the best/superior system o didn’t need to be defended, others should emulate it o north is competitive and selfish; south is more peaceful  Arguments for slavery o Paternalism o Racism  Jefersonian view:  Refuting the positive good o Parents don’t beat children (that much) o Slaves are clearly not happy enough to stay o Society filled with violence does not equal peace  Not many people like abolitionists (in North/South) o Abolitionists were a small, marginal group  “Free labor ideology” o diferent angle on Jefersonian ideas o economy in the North o upset with industrial economy o self-sufficient artisans are Jefersonian (i.e. shoe-maker) o North is drifting towards factory work  Opposite of Jeferson’s ideas o Work in the factory, save up money, then go out west and become self-sufficient  Always an available option for factory workers  Politics in the West are contested over o Slavery or no slavery? o White workers in the north don’t want slavery  Extreme social class (no middle class)  Prevents them from living out Jefersonian ideals  Anti-slavery o Centrality of free labor o Resentment of southern political power o Moral revulsion  Pro-Slavery o Economic desire for cotton production o Refusal to recognize it as inferior o Political desires to maintain balance of pro-slavery politicians in the federal government  Free soil: o Don’t extend slavery, but let it be in the South (Lincoln) The Civil War and Emancipation  Should slavery be extended into the new territories?  Anti-slavery o Belief in the centrality of free labor, especially in the territories o Resentment of southern political power  Federalists-supported the constitution  Anti-federalists-didn’t support the constitution  Federalists: o Federalist Party (Hamilton)  Whigs  Interdependent economy  Strong central government  No coherent program for slavery o Democratic-Republicans (Jeferson)  Democrats  Free-soil partyrepublican party (1850’s) o Concerned with the issue of the day o Not abolitionist, no slavery in territories  Democrats o Pro-slavery  Death of Whig party o Kansas-Nebraska agreement  Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) ruling: o African Americans have no legal rights and are not citizens o Slavery is legal in all territories o Chief Justice Roger B. Taney  Jeferson argues for Dred Scott  1860 Republican party o many diferent nominees o Lincoln was every group’s 2 ndchoice, so he won  Won election with no southern support  Extreme outrage from South about Lincoln’s win o Southern states start to secede from the Union  South Carolina is first  James Buchanan pretty much did nothing about seceding slave states  Lincoln tried to keep remaining slave states  Jeferson Davis fires on Fort SumpterCivil War begins o 4 more slave states join the Confederacy  What is the Civil War really about? War and Emancipation  1863-Battle of Gettysburg o Union narrowly wins o Shifts the tide of the war in favor of the Union  Confederacy had to defend itself  Union had to conquer the Confederacy (successfully)  Technological changes o Rifles replace muskets o Trench warfare o Enormously high death toll o Photography  Major outcome of war: emancipation  Top-down emancipation  Bottom-up emancipation o Did slaves free themselves? o Slaves took advantage of war disruption to free themselves o Helpful to union (loss of labor in the south)  Ofered to assist the Union however they could st  1 Policy: o slaves were treated as seized property  2nd Policy: o slaves were seen as people. They could serve as soldiers  Emancipation Proclamation o Only freed slaves in rebellious states, but couldn’t be enforced until the Union Army was in control o Every Union victory will result in freed slaves  Changes what people are fighting for  Top-Down Emancipation o Emancipation Proclamation made emancipation a war aim, and encouraged further slave resistance and plantation desertion  1864: William Sherman says we should set aside some land and divide it up so freed slaves can have land. The Union Army also donated some older mules. “40 acres and a mule” o attempts to create an inter-racial democracy  Slavery isn’t referenced explicitly in the Constitution until the 13h Amendment  What did both sides mean by the word “liberty”? o South: secede from the Union o South: slavery is natural o North: war for all people (after Emancipation Proclamation) o North: saving the Union (before Emancipation Proclamation)  Victory of the War=equality (separate but equal) o Absence of slavery  Slaves are free, but have little resources (like education) Reconstruction  “What rights should slaves get?”  “Colloquy with Colored Ministers” o They want: land ownership  Live in their own colonies  Government representation  Jefersonian ideas  Amendment of the Constitution was required to grant former slaves their rights o Also required land redistribution o Also required some sort of enforcement  Radical Republicans o Pre-war: abolitionists o Post-war: won over more people to their side  “The South would never be free until the land was worked by free people” o destroy high social class  Freedman’s bureaus o Created by radical republicans o Provided resources for former slaves (healthcare, education, etc.)  White confederates after the war o Some want forgiveness o Don’t want to lose their land or labor  Want to restart cotton production o Opposed to Freedman’s bureaus and land distribution o Came up with black codes  Black Codes o Restrictions on activities for Black population o Had to have valid labor contracts o Denied many civic duties (i.e. voting, serving on juries) o Attempted to push labor back to plantations  Women in the U.S. o Demand rights, but don’t win Phases of Reconstruction  1865: Sherman’s Special Order 15 (40 Acres and a Mule) o Freedman’s bureaus established o Black Codes  1865-1867: Presidential Reconstruction (Johnson) o Failure of land redistribution (1865-1866)  1867-1877: Radical Reconstruction o 1868: Impeachment of Andrew Johnson; 14 Amendment is ratified o 1870: 15 Amendment is ratified  1877: Compromise and withdrawal  Lincoln: o 10% plan  Johnson: o More lenient towards confederates o Took back land and gave it to plantation owners o Pardoned confederates o Caused many conflicts with congress o Allowed black codes to pass  Congress o Tried to overthrow Black Codes o Impeached Johnson o Able to override Johnson’s vetoes  Freeman’s Bureaus become efective again  15 Amendment-Black men can vote th  14 Amendment-defines citizenship of U.S. (anyone who was born or naturalized here) o state vs. federal authority o no state can deny citizens equal protection of laws o applies Bill of Rights to the States o separate but eqthl th  Enforcement of 14 and 15 Amendment o Union troops stay in the South o Interracial elections o Massive Southern resistance  Creation of KKK  Practice of sharecropping (or tenant farmers)  Sharecroppers are almost entirely in debt  Debt peonage: people who don’t get out of debt  Black/poor former slaves  1876 Presidential Election o Sam Tilden should’ve won electoral vote o Hayes creates compromise; gets electoral votes from South in return, Union troops are removed from the South  No more enforcement  Interracial elections go away using literacy tests, poll taxes, and other methods  Difficult to elect radical republicans in the south


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